4) Leandro Bacuna
Bacuna’s first season at Villa Park was generally considered to be a success with a number of impressive performances and key goals scored. Most notably, Bacuna’s finest moment in a Villa shirt was his free kick in the victory over Manchester City during the 2013-14 season. Since then, Bacuna has provided very little contribution to the team.
Initially signed as a midfielder, Bacuna has played much of his Villa career at full back, due to a lack of options in the position. Bacuna’s lack of experience in the position has been evident with the player constantly caught out of position. Since scoring a respectable five league goals in his opening season, Bacuna has found the net once more over the last two seasons.
Another player who initially showed so much promise, Bacuna’s performance and attitude over the last 18 months have dramatically deteriorated. Another target of the Villa boo boys, Bacuna has spoken of aspirations of playing “Champions League Football”. In a season full of high emotion, supporters have not taken kindly to Bacuna’s conduct. Since the comments were made public, Bacuna has been targeted with a chorus of boos and verbal abuse every time he touches the ball. Even a mention of his name across the stadium tannoy is met with sea of jeers.
Bacuna would be the first name on many supporters’ lips to be shown the door out of B6. Again, Bacuna seems to fall into the category of a move benefiting both player and club. Should Bacuna leave the club, a return to the Dutch Eredivisie, would be the most likely destination. There will not be many fans disappointed to see the back of the Dutchman.
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